Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Why Draw?

Well, I've been quite late in posting. We have had some great models since the last pictures: Stephanie, Irene,  Annie, Derreck , Lauren, Ann, Tina, and Emerald.  Some of these tried modeling for the first time and others are well known among Atlanta artists and by the paintings they have inspired (some in collections throughout the country).

We've had a good turnout to the group in the last several weeks.  It's always interesting for me to watch each artist work.  Styles are so different and the artwork seems to say as much -- or more about the artist than the model.  What brings people to try to capture the human form and spirit is quite fascinating to me, and I hope some people will comment about what continues to lead them to draw and paint the figure.

I  took a trip to Taos and Sante Fe during this time.  Besides the fabulous art and wonderful landscapes, people and food, I was inspired by a book by Paul Brunton.  He was not writing about art, but wrote of "the quietness (that) uncovers the essential being"...  "The way (the) body moves, works, walks, behaves, reveals something of the inner man, the ego.  But non-movement, sitting quite still, can reveal even more -- the being behind the ego."

This, to me, is the excitement of a long pose.  It certainly doesn't always happen, but there is the potential for connecting with another and capturing something important of them or oneself.  Another Brunton quote: "What are these symbols but attempts to make use of art for man's loftiest purposes - the transformation of his consciousness?"

1 comment:

Paula O'Brien said...

I consider my weekly life drawing session to be like a ballet class. Its exercise, its training, it trains your hand to trace what your eye sees. Even if your work later is abstract, it gives you a stronger focus and sharpness to your eye. Its like going to the gym and I miss it a lot if I can't make it one week. I have a big figurative art site and blog that you might enjoy. Please check out http://www.figurativeartist.org/. Thanks for your blog! Paula